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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Download/Upload (11/17/11)

TITLE: His Word Illuminates
By C D Swanson


This past Sunday I along with my husband and friends, were witness to an amazing and beautiful experience. After the Praise and Worship team departed, our Pastor walked up to the pulpit to begin his sermon. He barely spoke five minutes when all of the lights went out! It was "dark."

There were no sounds of surprise, gasps or murmuring of any kind from the audience. In fact, the polar opposite occurred. There was a muted silence, as the Pastor kept up with his sermon. He spoke of the importance of being thankful for all things, no matter how big or small. He quoted from Genesis, the Gospel of Matthew and Luke, and from the Epistles of 1 John. It was "dark" yet our dedicated Pastor never missed a beat.

The Pastor had all of this information stored in his brain, and his heart. He uploaded the word and was downloading it to his congregation. He didn't falter and never stopped with his powerful sermon. He didn't need to view what usually accompanies his sermon; a large movie screen with the passages quoted emblazoned upon it. No, he didn't need that at all.

The brain has better algorithms for compressing certain types of information than our computers do. The approximate estimate of brain capacity range from 1 to 1000 terabytes...It would take 1,000 to 10,000 typical disk drives to store that much info!

Only God could create such a fascinating and complex thing such as the brain. Pastorís brain uploaded the Word of God, and downloaded it to the congregation with finesse, style and aplomb. But most especially, he did so with unrelenting faith, and love for God straight from his heart.

We all sat tingling from this truly astounding and riveting sermon, for we knew it was the Lord leading Him and showing him the way. And Pastor finished his sermon with words that left us all speechless and in awe of God.

"Thank you God for shining your light during my sermon. For even though the lights were out in our church; your light was shining in all its glory the entire time. Amen."

We were in true "darkness" but the only thing illuminating in our church was the light of the Lord. It was clearly there, and we all felt it. I still do.

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Hiram Claudio12/01/11
I really enjoyed this story. Having been in similar situations like this one (not with the light going out but other distractions) I applaud the pastor's focus and ability to download and upload information without the use of all the various helps we have today.

The picture that was painted of everyone remaining still and receptive really spoke to me about the connection that needs to happen every Sunday between a speaker and the congregation. This blessed me.

Danielle King 12/02/11
LOVED IT! No computer can ever equal the mind boggling capacity of the human brain and heart. You said it all in this well composed entry.
Linda Goergen12/02/11
And I felt it reading this story!! This was so beautiful and it blessed me to read it! Wonderful Pastor that would not let darkness stop the light of Godís word coming forth! I can see where this would be a memorable event and Iíll bet this sermon stuck in the congregationís mind more than those when the lights were on...God works in mysterious ways! You did a great job presenting this account and weaving it in with the topic! I love the thought that Godís word downloaded into our brains is there ready to be uploaded when needed! I thoroughly enjoyed this, Great job!
Amanda Brogan12/07/11
Creative take on the topic! A perfect example of how we should "hide the Word in our hearts."
Noel Mitaxa 12/11/11
Powerful experience and very well told. It reminded me of once when I was preaching and the sound system failed - so then I had to preach from the Amplified Bible!
It's fun - and inspiring when God show his greatness through prepared servants.
Joni LeRette-Flores12/12/11
Excellent creativity on the "download"/"upload" context. The brain - it is amazing - such a powerful tool - loved your reference. Light in the darkness, God's Word does illuminate. His Word is a lamp to our feet, even when there is physical darkness. This also reminded me that we are given the mind of Christ, but it is up to us to "upload" and "download" the thoughts of Christ - that is what your pastor exemplified. A good lesson and one I will focus on today, as a new work week starts - must be careful to "upload" and "download" the right thoughts. So many parallels here...thinking on whatever is lovely, pure, true....Thank you for your creative and sensitive spirit in sharing this story and the powerful lesson it envelopes.
Edmond Ng 12/14/11
Much truth in your writing. Too many of us are dependent on online information. While computers depend on electric or battery power, our source of power is from God, and only in Him can be find illumination. Living the light in us needs no computer to keep us going, and we can certainly thank God for that. An enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing this. God bless.
Hiram Claudio12/15/11
Congrats on your BONUS PRIZE! Way to go!!!